Frequently Asked Questions

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Important Instructions

Team Assignments

We’ve increased the intensity and level of hands-on instruction offered this year. To accommodate such a high level of hands-on instruction, and to provide everyone the chance to experience such rare, behind the scenes opportunities, it was necessary that class times be extended.

Therefore, attendees will be divided into two teams—Blue Team & Red Team—, with one team attending classes at the event hotel on Friday while the other attends sessions at Sirchie. Teams switch venues on Saturday.

For logistical reasons, it is necessary that we assign all classes and times. Therefore, prior to registering, please review the full class descriptions and their locations on the Classes page of the Writers' Police Academy website.

During MurderCon online registration you’ll be asked to select classes and workshops you’d like to attend at both locations (Sirchie and the hotel), by order of preference (1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd, etc.). Please be certain your selections are accurate. Due to limited class sizes we will not be able to make changes at the event.

We'll do all we can to accommodate your selection. Most sessions are offered twice to provide the opportunity to attend your favorite workshop.

See the CLASSES offered, and SCHEDULE.

2020 Safety Plan

MurderCon is scheduled to take place on August 6-9, 2020. Safety plans and procedures will be in place during the weekend, such as appropriate and safe social distancing at all times.

Our classrooms are very large, and some instruction takes place outdoors. Plans for orderly safe social distancing during class changes will be implemented.

We will issue masks and have sanitizer readily available throughout. Sirchie, our host, manufactures PPE for first responders worldwide, so our safety equipment and sanitizers comes directly from the source.

Due to the nature of Sirchie's business they are in the loop with federal, state, and local health officials.

Our event hotel also has safety plans in place for MurderCon, including a special disinfecting process of sleeping rooms after each cleaning, disinfecting wipes in each room, sneeze guards, masks, and safe social distances in all areas.

As always, safety is top priority at all Writers' Police Academy events. Again, MurderCon 2020 is scheduled to take place AS PLANNED.


  • Wear comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes. And please remember, the event is held in August. It could be very warm and humid but the buildings may be cold.
  • Keep in mind, some classes are held outdoors. Rain or shine.
  • Attire for the reception is casual.
  • Business casual is acceptable for the banquet, but you’re more than welcome to take it up a notch!
  • The WPA is not physically demanding. Yes, the event is a hands-on event, but it’s designed so that WPA recruits can do as much or as little as they want. The experience is wonderful no matter what you do or don’t do!
  • There is no running, exercising, lifting, pushing, pulling, etc. There is, however, some walking involved. Yes, you will be expected to walk from workshop to workshop.
  • The entire event is wheelchair friendly. Service dogs are welcome, too. 
  • Please, no animals other than service dogs. No exceptions.
  • Please ask before taking any pictures. Everyone is aware that cameras will be on hand so there shouldn’t be any problems. But the WPA is held at a place of business and there will be employees and non-participants while you're there.
  • Please, NO video recordings of any kind.
  • NO! Absolutely no firearms, pepper spray, Tasers, handcuffs, knives (including pocketknives of any type or size), etc. No weapons of any kind. Please leave them at home. 
  • Bringing a weapon to the Sirchie facility will result in immediate dismissal from the event. No refunds.
  • (Law enforcement officers, please contact Lee Lofland regarding weapons policies).
  • Breakfast is served in the Marriott hotel restaurant and is included in the registration fee.
  • Lunches at Sirchie are provided by the WPA. The lunch breaks are brief and the facility is not near any type of restaurant.
  • You will be on your own for dinner on Friday night. There will be assorted fruits, cheeses, and other goodies available at the reception. 
  • The Saturday night banquet is optional ($55), but you’ll miss a great time if you don’t attend.
  • We love kids. We really do. But there is no daycare facility on the grounds, and children may not attend the workshops. Some of the material is simply not suitable for kids. 
  • Young adults 16 and above may attend as registered WPA recruits.
  • Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
  • Sure. In fact, we welcome banquet guests. You’ll find the appropriate boxes to check on the registration form, along with guest fee information, when signing up.
  • No. The only books that may be sold at the event are those offered for sale by the bookstore. And the only books that will be available are those of the WPA faculty and keynote speaker. There may be a few nonfiction titles available that relate to police and forensics. Remember, this is not a writers conference, so take off your marketing hat and enjoy yourself!
  • Yes, everything you’ll see at the WPA is real. This is not a watered-down citizens police academy. We want you to see, touch, smell, and experience what it’s like to be a police officer, even if it’s only for three days. I promise you an adrenaline rush before the weekend is over! The WPA is truly a heart-pounding, exciting event and, it’s a ton of FUN!
  • Absolutely not. Think of this event as Disneyland For Writers. There is far too much to see and do in one weekend. You’ll need to study the schedule and pick and choose the workshops that interest you the most. We do try to offer each workshop/class/session at least twice. Still, it would be impossible to do it all.

Common Q&A's

Cost: $460
Date: August 6-9
Venue: Sirchie, Raleigh North Carolina
Hotel: Marriott Crabtree Valley

Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
Official Event Travel Agency: Go Global Ltd.
Darek Jarmola, Ph.D.

Official Book Store: Level Best Books

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